“The fraternity chapter and its student and alumni members suffered extreme damage to their reputations in the aftermath of the article’s publication and continue to suffer despite the ultimate unraveling of the story,” the Phi Psi chapter said in a statement Monday. “The article also subjected the student members and their families to danger and immense stress while jeopardizing the future existence of the chapter.”
washingtonpost.com By T. Rees Shapiro
Monthly Archives: November 2015
“Colleges and universities are institutions of higher education. They are not investigatory bodies, law enforcement professionals, nor are they a part of the judicial system established and guaranteed by our Constitution…The suggestion that university deans and professors are somehow better equipped to end sexual assault than law enforcement, judges, and juries is bizarre to say the least.”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
…every heterosexual male student is at risk of expulsion if he attempts to have sex on campus. College orientation is now basically an anti-sex training program where female students are (a) taught that all men are rapists and (b) encouraged to file sexual assault charges if they have any physical interaction with male students.
Speaking broadly on the topic of campus sexual assault, the student called the current approach — of treating accused students as guilty from the outset — to be “backwards and counter-intuitive,” which resulted in “detrimental unforeseen effects” against accused young men, who are seen by activists as “collateral damage.”
washingtonexaminer.com Buy Ashe Schow
The anti-Safe Campus Act position is puzzling on a number of levels…one of the primary reasons campus rape activists are loath to create a larger role for law enforcement in campus rape cases is that they correctly perceive that the legal system would summarily dismiss many if not most of the cases that lead to disciplinary sanctions in campus courts…activists must be able to continue to push the idea of a campus rape crisis where one in five women are victims, without revealing to the public that what they describe as “rape” is actually something very different from what most people still understand the term to mean.
the-american-interest.com By Jason Willick
I want to suggest that the rape culture narrative is not only wrong, but completely off the mark. It has been aggressively conflated with what is actually “hookup culture,” and the evidence for this can be found not only in nations with “real” rape cultures, but through examining our own culture as well… what we see in our media is young adults bombarded with suggestions — no, coercions — to “let loose,” to drink, to lower boundaries and to not worry about what might happen tomorrow. This is not a sign of rape culture, but of hookup culture.
flathatnews.com By Thomas Briggs, Williams and Mary student
Institutions are under intense pressure from the Obama administration and activists to crack down on sexual assault and to remove alleged offenders from campus, but the stakes are now also high if they respond to that pressure by cutting corners…Students suspended or expelled over allegations of sexual assault rarely succeed in lawsuits against the institutions that punished them. That’s starting to change.
insidehighered.com By Jake New
Opening the Curtain on a Post-Modern Tragedy: One of the more prominent and most salacious performances of campus-related sexual assault has recently emerged from the Title IX shadows into the courtroom and the court of public opinion, and it contains many of the elements common to false and malicious allegations, compounded by issues of power-imbalance, family interventions, therapeutic conditioning and pecuniary interests, and made more complex by a campus hearing process influenced and reversed by victim advocacy protest, media attention and the unrelenting pressure of ever-more stringent government mandates.
On Tuesday, the university reversed its finding of sexual misconduct and harassment, lifting the campus ban it had imposed on Lonsdale…Stanford cited “new evidence” in clearing Lonsdale. When I asked what this new evidence was, a spokeswoman pointed me to my own article… (posted here last Feb. at helpsaveoursons.com)
nytimes.com By Emily Bazelon
The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office issued a news release Wednesday stating that its investigation into an allegation by a female student that several male students raped her on Aug. 27 has been officially closed with no charges being filed.
athensmessenger.com By Joe Higgins